China confiscates 22,000 bottles of counterfeit alcohol in 3-day raid

09:54, July 16, 2011      

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Police authorities in 12 provincial regions confiscated 22,000 bottles of counterfeit alcohol during a three-day raid, the Ministry of Public Security announced on Friday.

According to a notice posted by the ministry, 84 suspects were arrested and 79 areas where counterfeit alcohol was produced and sold were shut down during the raid, which took place from June 24 to 26.

Several well-known brands were counterfeited by the criminals, including Chivas Regal and Maotai, a famous brand of Chinese liquor.

In a case uncovered in southeast China's Zhejiang province, raw materials for making counterfeit alcohol amounted to a market value of 4 billion yuan (620 million U.S.dollars) after being used to counterfeit the famous brands.

The raid was part of a bigger campaign against piracy and counterfeit products that has been in action since last November. The campaign is mainly targeted at the production of counterfeit agricultural production materials, alcohol, drugs and high-end goods.

Source: Xinhua
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